It's the eternal struggle of who will ultimately destroy who: the disc or the microwave? While most of you will undoubtedly say "the microwave, you dolt!" there are still a few people who secretly wish the discs would unleash a Limit Break of sorts, shooting lightning back into the microwave and causing an explosion of awesome proportions. Sadly, Blu-ray is not the medium to bring about the end of this microwave oppression. Our only qualms with this video: shaky cam is lame and we really wish he tossed the disc back into the PS3 to see if the PS3 would explode somehow.
The standardization of this dye basically means that mass production of the discs is possible which would drive costs into the ground -- the same facilities for DVD-R and CD-R are now open to Blu-ray discs. We could see the price of Blu-ray discs themselves fall sooner than expected, though on the consumer side of things, we'll probably still be charged the premium for an HD movie and such. Still, good to know progress is being made!
The recent release of the HD DVD has been the best debut HD disc so far -- a significant victory for those in the HD DVD camp. However, that hasn't stopped the outspoken director from declaring Blu-ray as the ultimate victor. "It's short-sighted and it has delayed consumers' moving to HD (home video)," he told USA Today. "As a director, my critical eye is that Blu-ray is where my money is. Consumers are smart, and they are going to wait it out."
The exclusivity arrangement for Dreamworks' catalog expires in less than two years.
- Home of the Brave
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Shining
- Meet the Robinsons
- A Clockwork Orange
- Full Metal Jacket: Deluxe Edition
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Hostel Part II: Director's Cut
- Hostel: Director's Cut
- Mr. Brooks
- The Sopranos: Season Six, Part II
- King of New York
- Scary Movie
- The Company
- The Hills Have Eyes 2: Unrated
Meijer, a major retailer, has announced they will carry Blu-ray titles exclusively on its website. Dawn Bronkema, Meijer's director of e-commerce marketing, told Video Business that Blu-ray discs were outselling HD DVD discs by a huge 4-1 margin. As a result, the company is focusing on Sony's movie format.
There will be plans to expand to HD DVD in the future. However, "current sales prompted the company to expand its Blu-ray inventory rather than add HD DVD titles at this point."
Although these movies may not be the greatest of Blu-ray offerings, most are pretty solid titles, and definitely deserve a home on your shelf. This is your chance to easily pick up titles like Invincible, The Prestige, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
And hey, if you've finally gotten enough of Lair, why don't you sit down with Matthew McConaughey's epic Reign of Fire?
- Hollow Man: Director's Cut
- The Reaping
- The Invisible
- AC/DC: Live at Donington
- Return to House on Haunted Hill
- Masters of Horror: Season One, Volume I
- Masters of Horror: Season One, Volume II
This week is arguably topped of with the director's cut of Hollow Man, but there's also AC/DC: Live at Donington thrown in, too. Some of you younger folks may not know, but AC/DC is one of the greatest rock bands of all time. You would make your father proud by picking it up and watching the greatest band to ever come out of Australia.
However, developing on the PS3 isn't all roses and candy. The team is struggling for a completely different reason on PS3. "How we handle memory is really different between the two machines and we're struggling right now on the PS3." Thankfully, with a little help from Sony, the team is confident that "the PS3 version is as good as the 360." In a time where developers are making lazy ports to PS3, it's great to hear that such a huge title as Assassin's Creed is getting the treatment it deserves on our system. Oh, and it actually comes out on the same day as the 360 version as well. That's the way we like it.
PS3 will also receive a firmware update in the future which will "boost its Blu-ray interactivity functionality." Hi-Def Digest thinks it might be be an upgrade which allows the PS3 to support Blu-Ray Profile Spec 1.1. Currently, many Blu-ray discs are crippled by the lack of Java interactivity. A simple firmware update should make Blu-ray even more competitive and give it access to high definition content that's been exclusive on HD DVD.
"The European PS3 price cut will have a minimal impact on the adoption of next generation HD formats. The real battleground is in sales of standalone players and HD DVD is out in front by a massive margin," Co-Chairman of the European HD DVD Promotional Group Ken Graffeo said. According to the group, HD DVD accounts for about 70 percent of the European market, and it expects that number to continue to grow.
However, many believe this year's holiday period will go a long way in deciding which format will reign as king, and we think the HD DVD group may be underestimating the impact of the 40GB PS3.
Hitachi working on 100GB Blu-ray discs
Well, there is a catch. All Blu-ray players would have to have their optical heads tweaked a little bit, but it's something that can be worked out in a firmware update. No word on a release for the discs, but as soon as they finish stabilizing the signal quality, we'll hear an announcement of some kind.
- 28 Days Later
- 28 Weeks Later
- Surf's Up
- Edward Scissorhands
- Twilight Zone: The Movie
- From Hell
- Reign Over Me
- Nature's Journey
- The Fly
Sony is looking into further media expansion with the PS3, implies Hirai, stating they are "reviewing options for other content to be delivered through PLAYSTATION®Network, including music, movies, and TV, all of which can be found in the Sony family of companies." This is probably what brought up the conversation about the future of discs, particularly Blu-ray. Is the disc a dying format? Hirai shakes his head. "Far from it. For many years to come there will be a place at the table for disc-based content in the world of entertainment. It is about offering consumers options. Some may like the convenience of downloading a game at home, while others will always want the experience of going to the store and talking to the clerks and other consumers about the games they are interested in." Well, we personally just like having something tangible -- we gave up money, so having something to show for it is a plus. How many of you guys and gals like having a physical representation of your spent money? Or would you rather just download it all?
- Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
- Bram Stoker's Dracula
- The Day After Tomorrow
- Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
- A Room with a View
However, Forrester Research analyst J.P. Gownder said Sony still has some work to go before it can be crowned, beginning with cutting prices. "Blu-ray needs to offer a viable hardware model at the $250 price point by Christmas 2007," he said. "Failure to alter strategy would open up Blu-ray to a possible upset defeat at the hands of HD DVD."
Although Paramount's defection to the HD DVD camp certainly was a blow to Blu-ray, companies have been ramping up support of Sony's movie format, both with increased movie support and shelf space. Either way, we just hope it comes to an end long before their prognostication.
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